Appeals of Pakistan’s former cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif against their ICC bans have been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

[caption id="attachment_584" align="alignright" width="300"]Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, were found guilty in an English criminal trial of spot-fixing (Photo: Getty Images) Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, were found guilty in an English criminal trial of spot-fixing (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

The ICC banned Butt and Asif, along with teammate Mohammad Aamer, in 2011 after they were found guilty of deliberately contriving no-balls in return for money in the Lord’s Test in England in 2010.

"The panel was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Mr. Asif was party to the spot-fixing conspiracy," the CAS said in a statement.

The duo’s appeals were heard by a three-member CAS panel led by lawyer Graham Mew and accompanied by Romano Subiotto and Robert Reid.

Butt's legal adviser Amer Rahman said Butt and he were “bitterly disappointed” with the CAS verdict. He said Butt vowed to keep on fighting until his ban would be overturned. "We will not be giving up. In the coming days and weeks, we will be exploring every other available avenue."

Butt, Asif and a third Pakistan player, Mohammad Amir, were found guilty in an English criminal trial of arranging to bowl no-balls for betting scams during the 2010 Test.

In November 2011, a British court jailed Butt for 30 months over the scandal, along with Asif and Amir, but released them last year after they completed half of their sentences.

Under the ban, the trio is not permitted to play any official match – international, domestic or club – before at least September 2015.

On that fateful Pakistan’s tour of England, Butt – who played 33 Tests, 78 ODIs and 24 Twenty20s for Pakistan – was handed over the reins of captaincy and Amir was being regarded as the fastest emerging bowler in the world of cricket.
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